A Lovely Service

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 123:2:
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

In the biblelands, a faithful servant or maiden would always fix his or her eyes on the masters or mistress’s eyes and hands even from afar as servants cherished the responsibility of being in the service of the master or mistress because they were rewarded for their service. In time, a personal bond would grow between the master and his servant, as they became companions on life’s journey, and the servant would treasure the trust he has earned and as well, the master would cherish the trust he has placed in his servant.

You see, when a master had this kind of bond with a watchful servant, there would be unspoken communications and directions sent, and blessings and rewards received. For instance, when their master or mistress would perhaps raise one eyebrow in a certain way or move his or her hand with a subtle gesture, the master, or mistress would be directing a servant or maiden to do something, perhaps bring a cup of water, or a pillow, or possibly let the cat out. The servant or maiden who would keep their eyes on the master or mistress would be blessed as Jesus taught, “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching” (Luke 12:37). A servant or maiden that has earned this trust would receive better food, better sleeping arrangements, much better clothing – etcetera, and the respect of the master or maiden.

In the time of the Gospels a Centurion (an officer in the Roman army in charge of a unit of approximately 100 foot soldiers), implored Jesus’ help for his servant when Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee. This servant of the Centurion had become incredibly sick and paralyzed and he was bedridden being “grievously tormented” with his inflection (Matthew 8:5-13).

You know it would have been much easier for that Centurion to dismiss his savant and just order up another one, if not for one thing and one thing only; they both had a bond of friendship that the two of them built together. When that servant was down and on his back, his master in a reversal of roles kept his eyes on his servant, went to work for him, and served the servant until help was found; this was the benefit and blessing his servant had earned and received by being a faithful steward in his service to his master.

Proverbs 18:24 also refers to this kind of man who in a time of need becomes a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” What an awesome bond the two men had for each other. As this Centurion watched over his servant, we find an excellent example of our heavenly Father keeping His eyes upon the faithful as they serve Him:

Psalms 101:6:
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, {God’s way, reserved for “the pure in heart” and} he shall serve me.

Matthew 5:8:
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see {understand or comprehend} God.

The pure in heart are those who seek to faithfully serve the LORD. Faithful servants learn to respectively watch over His Word “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10). And they – my friend – are the faithful of the land and the eyes of the LORD will watch over, and may I say, because He is God, He can do this more intently than any Centurion or caregiver could possibly fathom. Man’s response is to allow our heavenly Father this privilege as we wait on Him, considering that this also is our privilege.

Psalms 130:5-6:
-5: I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
-6: My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

What an awesome partnership we can build with our heavenly Father, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee” (Psalms 84:11-12).

A faithful servant was highly prized and extremely trusted by the master or mistress, and through this trust, an equally respected bond would continue to grow often into some real friendships as Jesus told some of his disciples:

John 15:15:
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus has given us a remarkable reason to be in his service, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The ultimate reach of his friendship and love to you and I was that he not only said this but that he did this for you and I, his friends, as Peter wrote, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18). Thankfully Jesus became, “a friend of publicans and sinners” (Matthew 11:19), so that he may bring us to God.

Jesus Christ is as a golden thread, and he connects our hearts to the heavenly Father’s heart. All so often, Christian believers do not feel like they are a real part of God’s family or have access to God’s gifts, and that they do not really belong to Christ. (The best way that I know how to help one another find what is their personal part, purpose, and reason for being in the service of Christ is through receiving a personal understanding of who Jesus Christ is to them individually, whom we explore and explain in detail through our eBooklet series, The Golden Thread. This series is a blueprint that traces the biblical realities of Jesus through the entire Bible and makes them clearly understandable, because through Christ we come to know that God will remember and reward us through eternity as he is the link between God and man,─ I Timothy 2:5). Coming to personally know our Savior helps to enable God’s children who are on Christ’s behalf reaching out in Christian service and being a blessing to one another.

Today we have unfettered access to God Himself because of the service of our friend, our Savior, and our every reason to enlist in the service of offering his love to each other, “by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Proverbs 22:11 declares, “He that loveth pureness of heart {see Matthew 8:5, above}, for the grace of his lips {graceful lips that speak of love} the king shall be his friend.” In our case, the king that shall be our friend is Jesus Christ who shall be with us as we learn to reach out to serve love to our fellow man!

I John 4:7-11:
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
-9: In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Believers today who are in the service of our heavenly Father will also receive His laureled honor, are also in the service of Jesus Christ as he taught, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (John 12:26).

There is only one way to reach out and reciprocate the love of our friend and Savior and that is to serve love. Love is a part of him, and through his love “ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:24). Through the lovely service of love, we will discover the true mercies God has placed upon our lives, mercy that has made us deserving of serving Him through the eternity of His love.

So our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, as a servant would look for and anticipate guidance and blessings; we in the service of the LORD shall receive the guidance enjoyed from His blessings and mercy upon our lives. Psalms 59:17 reads, “Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” Notice the Psalmist wrote, the God of my mercy; once God gives you His mercy, then it is yours to explore and enjoy as you take pleasure in discovering its many benefits.

Mercy means the withholding of judgments, and thus, it is to receive something you do not literally get (judgments), mercy is actually receiving something so much greater than judgments for mercy is your proof of the personal relationship that you have worked to build in the service of the Creator of heaven and earth! One who is in the service of the LORD becomes one who is at peace with Him, and this peace grows and is nurtured into a united bond between both the LORD and His child who is waiting upon and receiving from Him daily inspiration and guidance.

The phrase, in the first verse of this study, until that he have mercy upon us, does not imply that He “may not” have mercy, but indicates the time (or duration) of God’s mercy upon us, which is now. And mercy becomes more and more realized and accepted and appreciated in our lives through the unspoken communications received from our inspiration in a lovely service of serving the LORD.

Psalms 86:5:
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Psalms 90:14:
O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalms 107:1:
O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Colossians 3:22-24:
-22: Servants {this can be applied to employees on the job}, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing {respecting, honoring} God:
-23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
-24: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Hebrews 4:16:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Perfecting God’s Love – Within

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 I John 4:11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

What an awesome verse of Scripture, commencing with the word Beloved, for this is God’s point of view of you and me, He recognizes us as His Beloved. The word if is not written to imply a question or a doubt, because the word if in the Greek Text is the word since. Thus, the Scripture reads “Beloved, since God so loved us,” for God has loved us since the world began (Ephesians 1:4).

The words we ought implies another extension of the true depths of love of God, because He is not demanding a reciprocal love back to Him or challenging us to love others, He is simply stating that we ought to love one another. The human love that sometimes manifests itself and that many people have known demands equal love in return to sustain its presence; however, God’s love (spiritual love) is always with us, because God loves us unconditionally and therefore we have continuous access to His love. God simply states that we should learn to share His love towards one another as proof (to us individually) that He indeed loves us.

I John 4:12: No man hath seen God at any time {with his eyes}. If {or Since} we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

God does dwell within the heart and fiber of the human soul who is a Christian, and when we do love others, we will begin to realize we do have God’s love dwelling within. Not only will we realize that God lives in our hearts, but His love becomes perfected in us, love comes into full bloom and perfection in our hearts as we reach out and love others.

I John 4:16–17:
-16: And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
-17: Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

God is love, for this is ― as he is, and when our God-given love is made perfect via loving one another (see verse 12 above), we will become, as God is love.

Have we judged ourselves worthy enough to love others with God’s love, or do we simply judge others? With God’s love in our hearts, we have boldness – today – to love even the unlovable! The day of judgment is today, not at the end of the world, but right now. Many believers suspect that the Day of Judgment includes us having to pay retribution for sins committed, but just look at the setting in which this statement sits: our love made perfect is on one end and on the other we find as he is, so are we in this world. The context that the day of judgment is set in – is now – and is to be lived with His love. Do we love today? Has our love been made perfect in this present day of grace? Do we know and believe that we are as he is (and He is love, see verse 16 above), or are we estranged from the Father and His love? Christ has “delivered us from the wrath to come” (I Thessalonians 1:10). No Christian ever has to feel separated from God or His never-ending love (Romans 8:37–39), because God always loves us; recall that we are His beloved, and He desires us to experience the wonderfulness of enjoying the perfection of His love in us by our loving today (period).

In Colossians 3:4 we read that, “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Note that we will not appear in shame, or to be judged, but we will appear with him in glory. We Christians have a Savior and he assures us of our salvation and relieves us of the unfounded misconceptions of judgments, condemnations, and tribulations ― for he overcame the world for us.

John 3:15–17, and 16:33:
-15: That whosoever believeth in him {Jesus} should not perish, but have eternal life.
-16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
-17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
-33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Walking with the love of God in our hearts today will relieve of us any and all fears about our glorious future to be with God and our Savior. God has made us accepted as His beloved in Christ (Ephesians 1:6), and as members of His family (Ephesians 2:19), and when we reach out with His love, then we will know this with an absolute certainty, and we will enjoy His spiritual love enthusiastically.

Growing up I was afraid of God and the fires of hell like so many others. God in His magnificent foresight must have known that I would not be alone carrying around this unfounded burden of fear, so to bless His children, God simply had the next two verses written to dispel these fears from our lives and He gave us His love to back up His promise.

I John 4:18–19:
-18: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
-19: We love him, because he first loved us.

We have total access to a spiritual love that has been bestowed on us by the Creator of the Universe Who also happens to be our heavenly Father, and now that we have become aware of this love, we may love without fear or hesitation. We may enjoy God’s love, thanking Him for the strength His love gives, for the load His love carries, and for the burdens His love lifts ― His love is simply uplifting. When we actually reach out with love to others, we will experience a totally perfect, fearless lifestyle of love that will assure our hearts in the present tense that our future is going to be simply marvelous!

Have you ever wondered, how can I know for certain if I completely love God, and how will God know that I do love Him? Well, the Bible has a test that will prove your love for God to your heart’s content, and the answer to this assessment is the next two verses:

I John 4:20–21:
-20: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
-21: And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Whenever we actually reach out with God’s love to others, especially believers, our brothers and sisters in Christ (Galatians 6:10), we may prove to ourselves that we indeed love our God, and as well, this is how we know and believe the compassionate love God has for us individually!

 Colossians 3:14: And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

God’s Word instructs above all things that we put on charity, which is the love of God, and the Bible says that love is the bond of perfectness. The word bond means that which ties, holds, or binds together, and in this verse we find that love is what holds us together. The word perfectness means total completeness, for there is absolutely nothing greater than having the love of God manifested in our own lives. When believers begin realizing that they have God’s divine love in their hearts (Romans 5:5), and they begin using this love in daily situations, then they will come to experience a genuine reassurance that they are building their spiritual lives on the true bond of perfectness.

In a world where almost everything is imperfect, we can tap into something that is a perfect constant reality, and is our bond of perfectness, for God’s love allows us to enjoy precious moments of total completeness immersed in God’s most perfect love. As we reach out to one another with God’s love, we can come to experience that God’s love is perfected within us.

 John 16:33 (The Amplified Bible):**
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

I John 4:20–21 (The Amplified Bible):**
-20: If anyone says, I love God, and hates (detests, abominates) his brother [in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen.
-21: And this command (charge, order, injunction) we have from Him: that he who loves God shall love his brother [believer] also.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Out of the Heart (God’s Love Inspires Believers to Be Pleasing to God)

“Jesus taught us out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts– Mark 7:21, and thoughts are the foundations for all human actions. However, for the Christian man and woman, when the love of God is introduced into their hearts (Romans 5:5-8), then this heavenly love helps change their mindsets to produce biblical thoughts that can literally overcome evil thoughts, and thus, heavenly love can definitely change the behaviors of man, from the inside out. God’s love inspires believers to be pleasing to God. This kindlier love is often translated in the Bible into the word ‘charity,’ and charity, thinketh no evil {NO EVIL}- I Corinthians 13:5, because God’s love produces the lovely fruit of love (Galatians 5:22). You see, spiritual love is ‘after HIS kind’ ― God. The Christian with God’s love in his or her heart can become a genuine lover, of God, of fellow men, and of self, for it is impossible to think evil through the eyes, actions, and passions of God’s spiritual love, and therefore, as promised, Charity never faileth– I Corinthians 13:8.” ~LMJ~